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    [Robert Morris]. Aaron Levy Land Document Signed. Two pages, 7.75" x 6", n. p. [Pennsylvania], January 15, 1793. The document contains a list of eight names, including that of Robert Morris, a business partner of Levy's. The document records that Robert Morris was granted land "adjoining Land of Wm. Hutchinson to being on a beech corner of said Hutchinson and to extend 372 . . . south on the waters of Loyalsock . . . in Loyalsock Township & County of Northumber[lan]d." Folds. Lightly toned edges.


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    Aaron Levy (1742-1815) amassed a small fortune through land speculation (he was one of the largest land owners in the state), loaning huge amounts of money, through the influence of Morris, to the Continental Army to carry on the war.

    Robert Morris (1734-1806) was an American merchant and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution. He was known as the "Financier of the Revolution" because of his role in personally financing America in the Revolutionary War from 1781 to 1784. In addition to being a statesman, Morris was also an entrepreneur with various companies in his name and a land speculator. He bought large swaths of land, much of it in the south. Three years after writing this letter, Robert Morris was unable to make his land speculations profitable and, consequently, unable to pay his numerous creditors. He was imprisoned for debt in Philadelphia's Prune Street debtors' prison from February 1798 to August 1801. He died five years later.



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